With five games remaining in the 2017-18 NHL campaign, the Buffalo Sabres are running into a brick wall of injuries when it comes to their goaltenders.
Friday morning, the team announced that Robin Lehner is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Lehner played two periods in Buffalo’s 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday; he was replaced by Chad Johnson and did not return, even to the bench.
Linus Ullmark is also day-to-day with a concussion, believed to have been suffered during a recent practice when he took a shot to the head.
With that, the Sabres have recalled goaltender Adam Wilcox from the Rochester Americans. It’s expected that he’ll travel to Nashville with the team for Saturday’s game; beyond that is uncertain.
Wilcox has appeared in 28 games with the Amerks this season behind Ullmark. He’s got a 2.82 GAA and a record of 11-7-7 with a .903 save percentage.
The 25-year-old was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011 - 178th overall - and has never played in an NHL game. He’s spent the last few years around the AHL with Syracuse, Springfield and now, Rochester, after three seasons at the University of Minnesota.
In a corresponding move, the Amerks - now in need of a goaltender - have recalled Jason Kasdorf from the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. He’ll join Jonas Johansson in Rochester for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Checkers.
The Amerks have eight games remaining in the regular season, which ends April 14. They have already clinched a playoff spot; hopefully Ullmark will be able to rejoin the team for their playoff run.